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From Russia To Dallas To Italy, Emanuel Borok Pursued His Passion And A 400-Year-Old Violin

For 25 years, Emanuel Borok was concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. With his 400-year-old violin, he helped the orchestra tune before each performance. Borok died Jan. 4. He was 75. KERA Contributor Quin Mathews interviewed Borok several times; they were friends. Mathews turned to his archives to share this remembrance of the artist and his instrument. You can click above to hear a... | Read More

Dallas To Memorialize Lynching Victims With New Public Artwork

In Martyr’s Park, a spread of grass, shrubs and a few trees are all that remain to memorialize the lynching of three slaves for whom the park is named. The city plans to change this with the new Memorial for Victims of Racial Violence that will be placed in the park.

The City of Dallas’ Office of Arts and Culture has put out a call for artwork to memorialize victims of lynching in... | Read More

Oscar Preview: ‘Marriage Story’

The Netflix movie “Marriage Story” picked up six Oscars nominations when they were announced Monday – including one for Best Picture. In this week’s Art&Seek Spotlight, we begin our Oscars preview series by talking with Dallas divorce attorney Laura Caston about how the process plays out in the film.

Laura Caston on …

… how the amicable split in... | Read More

20 Years After Columbine, ‘Slide By’ Reflects On What Pushes A Person Toward Gun Violence

Dallas-based artist and musician Jake Nice is a veteran of the North Texas theater scene. As a director, he’s worked with large ensembles to produce funny, sprawling plays about the randomness of life; and he’s collaborated with playwrights on one-man shows. Nice has performed on stage, he’s worked as a sound designer and he’s crafted original music for several... | Read More

A Look Ahead At Highlights From The Art&Seek Calendar

The temperatures may be cold outside, but there are all sorts of hot arts-related events happening inside. The Art&Seek calendar is loaded with lots of art-centric activities to keep busy during these cold winter months.  Here are just a few happening this week you’ll definitely want to check out.


Eliot Porter, Purple Gallinule,... | Read More

Feeling Artsy? Here’s How Making Art Helps Your Brain

A lot of my free time is spent doodling. I’m a journalist on NPR’s science desk by day. But all the time in between, I am an artist — specifically, a cartoonist.

I draw in between tasks. I sketch at the coffee shop before work. And I like challenging myself to complete a zine — a little magazine — on my 20-minute bus commute.

I do these things... | Read More

Art&Seek Jr: Adventure Is Out There! And Inside Too! Events For A Questionable Weather Weekend

What crazy weather we’ve been having lately! Tornados and thunderstorms one day, freezing temperatures the very next. Usually, when you think January, ice storms are what spring to mind, not hail storms.

Welp. You know what they say about the weather in Texas–just wait 5 minutes and it will change. The question on every parent’s mind this time of year is, what will the... | Read More

The Oscar Nominations: In With The Old, And ‘Congratulations To Those Men’

The headline out of this morning’s Oscar nominations could have been newness. There was the arrival of Netflix’s two best picture contenders (Marriage Story with six nominations and The Irishman with 10). There was the huge showing for Bong Joon-ho’s remarkable Parasite (six nominations) out of South Korea, the extraordinarily rare foreign-language film to make the... | Read More

Chef Stephan Pyles On His Legacy – And A Time Before Red Bell Peppers

Stephan Pyles is often called the father of Southwestern cuisine. He, and a group of Texas chefs, transformed humble ingredients like chiles, black beans and cilantro into elaborate high-end dishes. Last week, he closed his latest restaurant, Flora, and announced his retirement.

Pyles got his start busing tables at his family’s restaurants in Big Spring, Texas. He studied music,... | Read More

A Look Ahead At Highlights From The Art&Seek Calendar

If you have resolved to get out and see more art in 2020 you’re in luck! The Art&Seek calendar is chocked full of all sorts of art-related activities to help you keep that resolution. Here are just a few we’ve hand-picked to get you started.


The Keller Public Arts Program presents “Texas Cartoonists Exposed! The Keller Cartooning Exhibit.”... | Read More

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